Upper School

Overview

Our Upper School program is made up of students from third through eighth grade. Our Upper School includes similar individualized academic, social, emotional, and therapeutic attention as our Lower School; however, Upper school students are pushed to be more independent and learn the skills needed to succeed socially and academically within a larger setting to prepare them for the next step in their journeys.

These classrooms are identified by color: Yellow, Blue, Green, and Orange. Students in our Yellow, Blue, and Green homerooms rotate to different rooms/teachers for their morning academic groups. Students in Upper School Orange have fewer rotations than the other Upper School classrooms. This class was created for students who need to be pushed just as hard academically, but who experience more success when there are minimal transitions.

Upper School Blue, Green, and Orange are each limited to 12 students and have a maximum 6:1 student:teacher ratio for core academic classes; this ratio can go up during homeroom or secondary classes. Upper School Yellow is limited to 6 students; this smaller yellow class helps ease the transition from Lower School to Upper School. While the Yellow class rotates with Blue and Green during morning academics, they are self-contained for their afternoon classes.

Upper School students receive group Speech Therapy twice a week, Occupational Therapy daily, Music Therapy and Art once a week, Physical Education daily, Sign Language once a week, and daily recess with all four homerooms. Guest speakers come speak to our Upper School students to supplement things they are learning in class. Students also go on academic field trips at least twice per year to supplement what they are learning in school. Students in Upper School Orange may go on additional vocational based field trips.

Blue, Green, and Yellow

These three homerooms rotate on a 30 minute schedule for Reading, Math, Writing, Wilson Decoding, Language Arts, Silent Reading, Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Education. There is a 30 minute snack/recess break part way through the morning and a lunch/recess break after the morning rotations are complete.

Yellow will remain as a small homeroom for art, music, science and social studies for the afternoon.

Blue and Green will attend art and music with their homeroom groups and combine for Science and Social studies so we can appropriately prepare these students for larger classes.

All students in Yellow, Green, and Blue have study hall at the end of the day. During this time, they are allowed to visit any teacher in order to get clarification and complete their homework

Upper School Orange

This class teaches all academic subjects, real life applications of academic skills, as well as life skills components (cooking, self-care). This is a very structured classroom with high expectations for independent work and age-appropriate behavior. Academics are on twenty-minute rotations, facilitating high productivity during the full academic periods. Sensory breaks are built into the schedule to enable students to maintain attention throughout the day. While all of the students may not be working on an academic level that matches their chronological age, we do work to help them develop independence and social skills that are appropriate to their age.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Developmentally Grouped Homerooms
  • Differentiated and Individualized Academic Instruction
  • Utilization of a Variety of Well-Supported Academic Programs and Multi-Sensory Instruction
  • Small Groups for Core Academics
  • Group Speech-Language, Occupational, and Music Therapy for all

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